Vision: We are committed to empowering each other with the academic and professional skills needed to influence our world positively. We are an informed voice for our people and of service to our community in local and global STEM issues.
Mission: Sylmar Biotech Health Academy will graduate students able to…
- Analyze and apply STEM knowledge
- Ethically use technology
- Professionally collaborate to problem solve
- Use communication skills to inform and advocate for our people
- Think critically for the health and welfare of our community
Sylmar Biotech Health Academy (SBHA) is a Los Angeles Unified School District High School, partnered with Youth Policy Institute (YPI). The school opened during the 2012-2013 school year with 9th grade and added a grade level each subsequent year. Our community partner, YPI, conceived of and wrote the school plan for SBHA and we are grateful to them for their commitment to school transformation.
The vision for SBHA is to create a place of learning that academically challenges and empowers students to graduate and be prepared for the full range of options after high school, while becoming active members of a global society. Emphasis is placed on student achievement and positive postsecondary outcomes by challenging students to develop problem-solving and interpersonal skills and linking rigorous college preparatory curriculum with technical coursework through the health-medical and engineering industry theme.
SBHA follows a Linked Learning model and implements both the Biomedical Science program and the Engineering program from Project Lead the Way. Both the medical and engineering pathways focus on project-based learning to integrate the curriculum across all academic subjects. This theme is clearly aligned with two of the California career pathways: Health Science & Medical Technology and Engineering. YPI and SBHA selected this theme and career focus based on an analysis of high growth industries with long-term growth and employment, as well as from student, parent, and community feedback.
Sylmar Biotech Health Academy is one of six schools selected to be a part of the Youth Career-Connect grant with the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Linked Learning Department. This grant from the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education helps provide us with resources to further develop our medical and engineering pathways. Furthermore, Sylmar Biotech Health Academy is one of nineteen schools selected to be a part of the LA Promise Neighborhood grant through Youth Policy Institute. The Promise Neighborhood Initiative is President Obama’s signature education and poverty program to transform schools and communities into vibrant centers of opportunity and excellence and we, along with YPI, continue our work to improve the lives of our students and their families.